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YHS Senior Admitted to Honors College

OAKHURST –  Yosemite High School (YHS) senior, Lauren Bernardi, has been admitted into Smittcamp Family Honors College at Fresno State.

According to Lars Thorson, one of Laurens advisors at YHS, the Smittcamp Honors College selects 50 students from hundreds of applicants each year.

Now in its 20th year of operation, the Smittcamp Family Honors College provides academically talented and motivated students with a distinctive course of study at Fresno State. Selected Scholars will participate in the activities related to earning University Honors and have the opportunity to earn additional honors via College/School Honors or Department Honors.

Lauren is one of the top Yosemite High students academically with a 4.4 GPA.

She has participated in three sports on the varsity level, basketball, water polo and swimming.

She is active in many clubs on campus including California Scholarship Federation, Drama Club and Mock Trial.

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Lars Thorson says, “Lauren has been a bright light at YHS for all of her years here. She excels in so many areas, and we are enormously proud of her and her achievements.” He went on to say, “Yosemite High School has placed quite a few students in the Smittcamp Family Honors College over the years. It reflects well on the academic rigor of our programs.”

All Honors College Scholars participate in five semesters of group discussion designed around the concept of the “town meeting.” The forum presents a weekly opportunity for students to interact with experts and authorities on a wide range of topics.

From student issues to presidential politics, the forum provides students with global perspectives and local solutions. The forum also gives honors students the chance to interact with, question, and be inspired by leaders on campus, in the community, and around the world including the current Honors College Scholars and alumni.

Every Smittcamp Family Honors College Scholar receives a President’s Honors Scholarship (the dollar value of which is set annually by the Honors Council, the governing body of the Honors College) for up to 8 semesters of undergraduate studies.

Lauren is the daughter of Jim and Valerie Bernardi of Oakhurst.


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